Young Wataru Mitani's life is a mess. Desperately, he searches for some way to change his life--a way to alter his fate. To achieve his goal, he must navigate the magical world of Vision, a land filled with creatures both fierce and friendly. And to complicate matters, he must outwit a merciless rival from the real worl...more
The MC's dad is cheating, but that is mentioned. There are no sex scenes or graphic descriptions of things. It is very matter of fact. The creatures from the other dimension/realm might be a bit scary. (less)
"This Traveler's Sword, as it happens, is a reflection of your own strength. As you grow, so shall the sword."
I'll be honest, if you don't spend hours glued to Final Fantasy you're going to ...more
It's a little known fact that I find most fantasy novels to be less engaging than their real-world counterparts. Authors of fantasy, then, really have to present something special or endearing in order to get a) to finish their works and b) to be happy I did. Despite being perfectly at ...more
Overall, I felt that it was too many things right after another. As someone who grew up playing Final Fantasy and other Japanese role-playing video games, I'm completely u ...more
(seriously it’s THAT good)
Just... everyone needs this book in their life. I read it years ago but am about to read it again... I love it SOMUCH. It is really worth it. Such a rewarding read. Anyone who likes the “wonderland” premise/ portal writing (accidentally stumbling upon a new world), will love it, IMO. Fans of pans labyrinth should love it as well! Give it a try, I feel like it’s one of those rare, hidden gems. It was originally in Japanese and is a ...more
One of my observations is that the books I've read in Japanese tend to play a little more loosely with the point of view. In other words, the authors don't have a problem leaping from one character's head to another, and then back, within ...more
Brave Story tells the interior and exterior of a young boy's struggle to deal with his changing family situation. There are similarities, as another review pointed out, to The Neverending Story, but the allergory between the magical world and inner self of the boy is more obivious.
The characters are well drawn and while the main character is a boy, there are several strong female characte ...more
The part of the book before he goes through the portal; the part about his normal, horrible life: Awesome - 5 stars!!!
After he goes through the portal: Mind-numbingly boring derivative D&D garbage - 0 stars ...more
So the concept of "I'm in a video game" sounds cool at first, but there were multiple problems with it. For on ...more
it's just so LONG.
I don't have a problem with long books, guys, honestly not. If a well-crafted story can hold my attention for 800 pages, I am properly thrilled. It's just that there's no reason for this book to be as long as it is. It meanders into sub-plot after sub-plot - much like the video games it's inspired by, I understand, but it doesn't work very well in a literary format. The sense of realistic urgency set up by the first 200 pages was just destroyed by the 400th; at that ...more
Here large, complex, adult problems are left that way and we follow an ordinary youth through a fantastic journey to just come to grips with the enormity of life and it's struggles.
I was entranced by this tale of the breaking of ignorance and innocence. Of growing up and ...more
And because of the sad beginning.
But I’ve finished rereading it and wow, the emotional ride was just as intense as before. Actually, I think rereading as an adult is more rewardi ...more
The fantasy world (Vision) adapts itself to the mind of the traveler. Good and evil in Vision correspond to good and evil in him. To fight evil, he must discover and uproot his own evil tendencies. This teaching of the novel is very good.
There is a problem, however. Too mu ...more
A) I'm a slow reader. A book with 816 pages is a challenge period. With the exception of the actually Harry Potter books, I don't think I could ever read book this thick in less than 3 weeks.
B) I have OCD w ...more
Mitsuru, the little boy who lost his mother and his baby sister when his dad went on a killing spree. Mitsuru Ashikawa, the little boy who'd been next in line to be murdered. Mitsuru Ashikawa, who tried to commit suicide.
Wataru curled up in a ball on the floor. He couldn't control his shivering. His whole body should until the bookshelf behind him was rattling.
So long. Goodbye.
Wataru knew now why Ashikawa had gone to the other world. He didn't have a place in this one. Vision was his home no...more
Wataru is a boy learning to come to grips with his parents' divorce. He finds himself sucked into an alternate reality in which, if he is successf ...more
A few times I was ready to give up on it, not because of the story, but because it's such a long book! My other books were up on my shelf, gathering dust while I was reading this book,tempting me to put down Brave Story and pick up a book I recently bought. I'm glad I didn't give up on Brave Story, though, despite its whopping 816 pages. I learned a lot from this book. As an aspiring author, I am bracing myself for what I hope to have in store, and seeing Miy ...more
the story talks about Wataru and it begins slowly building up the circumstances that will lead him to be chosen as traveler in an imaginary world, meeting new friends and foes and fighting his way to change his destiny. it is very intriguing, character are lovely,and events are ex ...more
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Miyuki Miyabe (宮部みゆき Miyabe Miyuki) is a popular contemporary Japanese author active in a number of genres including science fiction, mystery fiction, historical fiction, social commentary, and juvenile fiction.
Miyabe started writing novels at the age of 23. She has been a prolific writer, publishing dozens of novels and winning many major literary prizes, including the Yamamo ...more
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“…What’s real is something that not even the strength of the Goddess can change. The only one who can change it is me. If I don’t change my destiny, if I don’t cut through the obstacles in my path, then no matter where I go, I’ll always be standing in the same place, doing the same thing over and over again, for the rest of my life.”